January 23, 2017
1 Chronicles 20
LET IT GLOW
After the Ammonites and Syrians were defeated by the Israelites, King David remained in Jerusalem during the spring when his men went to war. (Spring was after the harvest time.) Ezra does not mention what David did during that time. 2 Samuel 11 tells about David's sin with Bathsheba, with the murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite; in chapter 12, his confrontation by Nathan over David's sin.
In 2 Samuel 12:13, David confesses/admits that he had sinned against the LORD.
In the same chapter read in verse 17 The sacrifice You desire is a broken spirit You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Verse 12 says, Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Perhaps this event was omitted due to God's forgiveness of David's sin and remembers them no more.
Through the blood of Jesus we receive forgiveness when we sincerely repent. That results in joy.
What about us? do we have a broken spirit over our sins? Are we willing to repent, admit to God that we have done wrong? Are we in need of joy? What about our family-will we pray fervently for them?
God can mend broken hearts.
LET IT GROW
Joab led the Israelites in besieging the city of Rabbah, which was the capital of the Ammonites. (It is modern Amman in Jordan today.)
The wars with the Philistines are mentioned here, but only 3 of the 4. These were in the land of the giants, relatives of Goliath, whom David brought down with only 1 rock through the power of God. David confronted one giant and now had more in front of him.
Do we have some giants in our life that need be conquered?
Had the Israelites followed Joshua and Caleb in conquering the land of the giants back then, David would not have had do so in his day.The elimination of giants is an important aspect of how David finally took possession of the entire Promised Land.
J. Vernon McGee says,
There can be no compromise with the enemy. There can be no compromise with evil. Evil must be opposed. Lawlessness must be opposed. Right and wrong are in opposition. There cannot be an agreement between the two.Are we a friend or enemy with evil, a soldier of God? Have we put on the whole armor of God today so we can withstand evil?
If not, then read Ephesian 6 and put it on dear one.
May I challenge you and me to pray daily for our new President as he makes decisions for our country and the world?
LET IT GO
Confess my sins.
Allow God to mend my broken heart.
Ask God to conquer giants in my life and help me overcome evil.